GIS Analyst II

GIS Analyst II

$5,192.00 – $6,906.00 Monthly
Thurston County, WA
Job Type
Regular Full-Time Employee
Central Services
Job Number
1/21/2018 11:59 PM Pacific
Summary of Duties
Thurston County is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of GIS Analyst II within the Information Technology (IT) Division/GeoData Section of the Central Services Department.

The Central Services Department provides a wide range of professional internal services to over 1000 employees in County offices and departments in various locations throughout the County. Centralizing these services is an efficient and effective means of delivering service and providing access to internal expertise. The Information Technology Division provides desktop, network, application, telecommunication, and geographical information system (GIS) services. The GeoData Section is responsible for GIS services including spatial data, mapping, and data analysis for County internal customers and the public.

A GIS Analyst II serves as a technical representative to GIS clients and users and is responsible for complete, accurate, and complex applications involving spatial and non-spatial data analysis. the incumbent must work independently and collaboratively as a technical expert providing leadership, guidance, technical support, and direction in spatial data capture, use, analysis, and QA/QC.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Providing direct customer support for the public, who are generally non-technical with mapping and analyst services.
  • Providing support in the use of the County’s GIS (GeoData) websites.
  • Responding to requests for technical assistance in person, via phone, and electronically.
  • Installing and tracking GIS software.
  • Performing data stewardship of various spatial data themes.
  • Performing business needs assessment, spatial analysis, and mapping services.
  • Developing and maintaining cartographic products.
  • Managing data sharing processes and agreements.
  • Assisting customers by remote access or guiding the customer to correct an issue.
  • Troubleshooting and diagnosing GIS technology problems.
  • Developing and providing documentation for GIS processes.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed in an office environment. The position requires the incumbent to sit for extended periods of time. Manual hand-dexterity to adequately manipulate computer components and operate a keyboard is essential. Sight is necessary to operate programs and systems and aid in diagnosing issues.

  • Associate’s degree in computer science, management information, engineering, geography, or related field. Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Additional experience, which demonstrates progressive increasing responsibilities, may substitute for education on a year for year basis.
  • Two years of experience with GIS mapping related field work or applied use of GIS technology responsibility. Experience must include a demonstrated knowledge in one or more of the following to successfully perform the essential job functions of the position:
    • Thorough knowledge of hardware including personal computers, network servers, communication devices, printers, plotters, etc.
    • Thorough knowledge of software including network and desktop operating systems, office automation, programming languages, and database products.
    • Thorough knowledge of system and network security.
  • Current Washington State Driver’s license or have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation.
Desired Skills
The be successful in this position, candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required to support GIS services and business needs in a multi-functional, multi-agency environment:

  • Skilled with Esri GIS products including ArcGIS Version 10.x, including installing and troubleshooting, and the ability to use and create automated processes using model-builder and/or other automation tools.
  • Experience editing data with SDE database, creating and maintaining metadata in an ArcSDE environment, managing and administering spatial and non-spatial data including data development and data maintenance.
  • Experience use Esri Parcel Fabric, reading legal descriptions, and supporting Assessor’s GIS business processes.
  • Experience supporting customers with various skill levels, including the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with all levels within the organization.
  • Cartographic skills and the ability to create and maintain maps and map products.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups including customers in stressful situations; ability to work collaboratively with GIS and IT peers. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully as a member of a self-directed work team and utilize the resources of other team members.
  • Ability to conduct public presentations, GIS training, and tutoring.
  • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines and to manage multiple projects and competing priorities successfully.
Other Position Related Information
Thurston County Central Services Mission:
Partner with our customers to serve the public.

Our Vision:
One team united as effective stewards of county resources to deliver continually improving competitive services that meet customer business needs.

Our Customer Commitment:
We strive to build trust and to ensure that our customers feel welcomed, heard, informed, confident, and successful.

How to Apply:
All applicants for this recruitment must complete the on-line applicant profile. To be considered for this position you will also need to provide a resume and letter of interest and answer all supplemental questions. Your letter of interest should describe how your experience, training, and education qualify you as a competitive candidate for this position.

Please note that employment in this position is contingent upon passing a security background investigation.

Inquiries about this Position?
The contact person for this recruitment is Tami Faulkner, GIS/IT Supervisor, (360) 867-2077.  PLEASE NOTE:  Tami Faulkner will not be available for questions before January 9, 2018.

This position is:
-Represented by a union
-Eligible for benefits
-Classified as overtime eligible under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Thurston County provides a comprehensive benefits package to all regular employees. The following is a brief summary of available benefits offered to county employees. Benefits are subject to change and may differ according to collective bargaining agreements. Plan documents and eligibility requirements are provided upon hire. This information is subject to change at anytime.

Health Care Benefits:
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Thurston County provides medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage for all regular full-time employees enrolled in the County’s standard plans. For regular part-time employees, who work less than 75% of an FTE, the county pays a pro-rated portion of the cost for medical, dental, vision and life insurance.

Thurston County provides medical benefits through the Washington State’s Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB). Plan availability is based on county of residence. Each year the County determines the standard and non-standard plans. For standard plans, the County pays the full employee premium.

Dental plans are provided through the Washington Counties Insurance Fund (WCIF). Employees have the opportunity to choose between two plans, Delta Dental, a preferred provider plan or Willamette Dental, an HMO plan.

Thurston County employees have Vision Service Plan coverage through the Washington Counties Insurance Fund (WCIF). Employees also have additional vision coverage through their medical plan.

Life Insurance
The County provides each regular, full-time employee with a basic, term life plan of $36,000 life insurance and $36,000 accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage. Additional voluntary, supplemental life insurance and AD&D insurance is available as a payroll deduction.

Dependent Coverage
Eligible dependents may be added to all coverage listed above. Depending upon the bargaining unit, the County pays up to a specific maximum amount toward dependent coverage with the employee paying any amount above the County maximum contribution.

Pension Plans:
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Eligible Thurston County employees participate in the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems’ pension plans (PERS, PSERS, or LEOFF). With the exception of PERS plan 3, all of these plans are “defined benefit” plans with retirement benefits based on your average compensation and earned service credits. PERS Plan 3 is a hybrid plan incorporating both “defined benefit” and “defined contribution” elements. These plans are funded by both employer and employee contributions.

Deferred Compensation
The County offers three voluntary deferred compensation plans for employees who would like to set aside additional deferred tax dollars into a retirement savings plan. Deferred compensation plans are 457 plans as defined by IRS regulations.

Holiday and Leave Programs:
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Paid Leave
Thurston County offers two leave plans, Alternative leave and Traditional leave. In the Alternative Leave program, leave is accrued monthly and may be used for vacation and/or sick leave purposes. Employees in the Traditional Leave program accrue both sick leave and annual leave each month.

Thurston County Observed Holidays
Ten paid holidays are observed by Thurston County. Regular employees receive one floating holiday and one Community Service Day each calendar year.

Other County Paid Benefits:
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Long Term Disability (LTD)
The county’s long term disability plan provides a monthly benefit of 60% of your monthly base salary up to $6,000 per month after a waiting period of 90 days of disability.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Employees and immediate family members are eligible to receive confidential, professional counseling assessment and referral services through First Choice Health.  The employee assistance program can assist and respond to all kinds of requests for counseling assessment and life concerns, such as, relationship concerns, family problems, alcohol and drug abuse problems, financial crisis, identification theft, general stress, caregiver burnout, depression, etc.  Services are available 24-hours per day, 7-days per week.

Additional Voluntary Benefits:
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Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Employees can take advantage of Section 125 flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket health care and daycare expenses. Section 125 FSAs allow you to pay for allowable health-related and/or dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Electronic Payroll Savings with TreasuryDirect
County employees can invest in TreasuryDirect electronic savings bonds (Series I and EE) by requesting a payroll deduction. Monthly deductions are forwarded to the Federal Reserve, which enables employees to buy and redeem electronic savings bonds directly from the United States Treasury Department.

Additional Benefits
The County also offers direct deposit, credit union memberships, a Commute Trip Reduction Program, and other miscellaneous benefits.


Please click here for more information or visit the Thurston County Benefits website:

Describe your experience with Geographic Information Systems and computer operating systems. Be specific to hardware, operating system, and GIS software (ESRI products experience preferred). If you have ESRI experience, please specify ArcGIS desktop and server software, extensions, and other related GIS tools experience.
Describe your highest level of GIS experience and capabilities. Be specific about number of years of experience. Include experience in the areas of data capture, conversion and maintenance, analysis, products, application development, and training provided as appropriate.
Describe your experience working with geodatabases and other data structures, both spatial and non-spatial. Please be specific regarding your editing experience and experience using different data structures and types as sources for complex data analysis and mapping products.
Have you attached a resume and letter of interest describing how you meet the required and desired qualifications of this position?

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Thurston County
Thurston County
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, Washington, 98502.
(360) 786-5498